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Tardis Phone Cozy

Tardis Phone Cozy
by Erinn A. Starnes

This is a knitted police box pattern based off the Tardis from the BBC show Doctor Who. It is knitted in the round with double pointed needles and is big enough to fit an iPhone (with a little wiggle room) or even an android. You'll need three different colors of yarn; blue, black, and white. You'll also need a darning needle to embroider the letters on it. There is an optional step that uses a size D (3.25mm) crochet hook, but can be done by casting on with your existing needles while knitting. Please note, this pattern is for personal use only. You may make as many as you would like for yourself or as gifts, but please don't sell then ANYWHERE.


Aran Weight (10 ply) Tardis blue yarn, around 80 yards
Aran Weight (10 ply) black yarn, around 2 yards
Aran Weight (10 ply) white yarn, around 8 yards

US size #4 double pointed needle set
Darning needle
size D (3.25mm) crochet hook (optional, only used if you want to crochet a loop for the light to slip through)

Gauge: 5 stitches = 1 inch, 5 rows = 1 inch

Pattern notes:

*While working the windows you can either carry the yarn across the back so it is loose, or if you want it to be less likely to catch on whatever you put inside the finished product I'd suggest you actually try to do something a bit different. Every time you knit a stitch with the white, bring your skein of blue yarn over your white and tuck the blue yarn between the knitted stitches and the white yarn coming out from the project. When you make your next white stitch bring the white yarn over and around the blue and then do your knit stitch like normal. It's time consuming, but if you do this though large color changes like the windows your blue yarn won't be dangly in the back of the work, it will actually be hidden from the front and "locked" securely to the wrong side of the work.

**During the section of the black police box section, I only have the black in the front. Instead of cutting the yarn to switch between colors you will actually be working back and forth with the black and back and forth with the blue. Every time the two colors meet you'll want to do what I call "twisting the yarn." What you'll be doing is bringing one skein up over the other and then under, so your yarn coming away from the project will be twisted. Move that twist up against the project and then when you turn go ahead and work like normal. By twisting the two yarns together you are closing the gap between the knitted black section and the knitted blue section. If you wish to find alternate techninques or just different explinations, try looking up "intarsia in the round."

(Tardis Phone Cozy body)
With blue yarn, cast on 40 (optional: cast on one additional stitch and slip over very first st, tighten) join. I like splitting up the stitches 20 on the first needle, 10 st on second needle, and remaining 10 on the third.
round 1: k 40
round 2: (p 1, pass perled st over left, p 17, pass last unworked stitch on the first needle over the unworked stitch to its immediate right, p 1), repeat pattern once on remaining two needles. ***check out the video I made for this round in the comments of this post***
round 3 and 4: K 36
round 5: (K2, p6, k2, p6, k2) repeat once more.
round 6-9: repeat rnd 5
round 10 & 11: k
round 12-16: repeat rnd 5
round 17 & 18: k
round 19-23: repeat rnd 5
round 24 & 25: k

(Window section*)

round 26: (k2 blue, k6 white, k2 blue, k6 white, k2 blue) repeat once.
round 27-31: repeat rnd 26
round 32 & 33: k (blue)

(moving to the police box)

round 34: p (blue)
round 35: k1 blue, k16 black, going back to blue, turn and p19, twist your yarn**, turn.
round 36: k20 blue, going back to black purl 16, twist yarn, turn.
round 37: k16 black, turn, going back to blue p 19, twist yarn.
round 38: with black p 16, turn, with blue knit 19. (you can cut the black)
round 39: k blue
round 40: p
row 41: k (k, pass stitch on the right over the left) twice, k 15, (pass last 2 st onto left needle and pass left st over right) two times. Turn.
row 42: p 14, turn
row 43: K,(K, pass right st over left) 4 more times, k 9, then from left to right pass the far left st over the one to it's right 5 times, leaving middle 4 st still active. Cut blue and weave in.
row 44: with white knit in 4 active loops, turn.
row 45: p 4, turn
row 46: k4, turn
row 47: p4, turn. cut white
row 48: with blue yarn, knit 4 and finish off. Turn

(Finishing the back)

with blue: k (k, pass stitch on the right over the left) twice, k to end,(pass last two worked st to left needle and pass left st over right) twice.

next row: p, (p, pass right st over left), repeat to end, finish off.

Optional: On the back side, opposite the side with the light, using a crochet hook (US size D) draw up a loop about 5 st from right, chain 4, sl st in 4th st, finish off. This makes a little loop you can tuck the light on top through if you want to keep your phone super snug. If you don't want to make a crochet chain, you can make a small icord, say 4 stitches wide and 4 or 5 stitches long, then sew it on.

Weave in all ends, turning piece inside out to get to any dangly bits inside. Sew up the bottom. You can even leave a hole big enough to plug your charger through it if you like.

Embroider with yarn, I'd suggest for the "Police Box" lettering you only use 2 strands of your window white. You can use the black yarn normally for the window panes, but I'd suggest spitting it to 2 strands to embroider straight down the middle where the door meets. It makes a nice suggestion of a doorway without being too obvious.

This pattern is for personal use only. You may make as many as you would like for yourself or as gifts, but please don't sell then ANYWHERE.


Mar. 9th, 2014 01:54 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry it's taken me so long to reply, I've been trying to work up a Tardis to show you with. I just didn't realize how hard it is to get even a quick project done with a toddler.

As to the unworked stitch, you can slip it with the other blue stitches if you like, or you can slip it onto the needles with your black stitches. After working the 16 black stitches, you pick up your blue and work across the back and end up working that stitch you are worried about.

My goal is to have my husband help me make a video later today that I can post. I've been wanting to do that for a long time, but this would be a great round to record since it doesn't follow the average way of thinking while knitting.